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After having previously agreed to join SC Heerenveen at the end of the MLS season, the Guatemalan will now make the jump immediately.

The Chicago Fire have announced that the club has agreed to transfer Marco Pappa to SC Heerenveen. Pappa will join the Dutch Eredivisie side immediately. The club announced Aug. 13 that Pappa would join the Dutch club at the conclusion of the Chicago Fire's 2012 MLS season.

“This was a very difficult decision to make, however, we feel it is the best move for the club and the player at this time," said Fire President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon. "This transfer provides the club with flexibility under the salary cap and made sense as we look toward the future. Marco came into his own as a member of the Fire, he has been a big part of the club and we wish him the best in this next phase of his career."

The 24-year-old midfielder joined the Fire on loan from CSD Municipal on July 30, 2008 and was signed on Dec. 3, 2009. He started 101 of the 112 MLS regular season games in which he played for the Fire, netting 26 goals and posting 16 assists.

Pappa is a Guatemalan international and has become and important player for his country, scoring a lovely free kick in a 1-1 draw with the USA in World Cup qualifying recently.

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